Suella Braverman accuses 'unelected' Rishi Sunak of 'betrayal'

Suella Braverman goes to war with PM: Sacked minister accuses ‘unelected’ Rishi Sunak of ‘betrayal’, having ‘no appetite’ to stop Channel boats and just ‘occupying’ No10

Suella Braverman went to war with Rishi Sunak today following her sacking as home secretary as she accused the ‘unelected’ Prime Minister of ‘betrayal’.

In a blistering letter, the ex-Cabinet minister claimed Mr Sunak had broken a series of pledges on migration, the Rwanda asylum deal, Brexit and gender protections.

In a furious three-page missive, she told the PM: ‘Someone needs to be honest.

‘Your plan is not working, we have endured record election defeats, your resets have failed and we are running out of time. You need to change course urgently.’

Mrs Braverman, in a letter she shared on social media, also swiped that Mr Sunak had been ‘rejected’ by Tory members last year and had ‘no personal mandate’ to be PM.

She divulged the terms of a deal she struck with Mr Sunak in order to support him  when he eventually became premier to take over from Liz Truss.

This included ‘firm assurances’ on reducing legal migration and bypassing international human rights laws to combat the Channel migrant crisis, Mrs Braverman claimed.

In a withering assessment of Mr Sunak’s efforts to ‘stop the boats’, she accused the PM of having ‘no appetite for doing what is necessary’ and ‘no real intention of fulfilling your pledge to the British people’.

Mrs Braverman was fired by Mr Sunak yesterday following a series of high-profile rows over her comments on migration, homelessness and pro-Palestinian protests.

She was succeeded in the Home Office by James Cleverly, who in turn was replaced as Foreign Secretary by ex-PM David Cameron.

Suella Braverman, pictured leaving her London home today, was sacked as home secretary by Rishi Sunak as part of a dramatic Cabinet reshuffle

In a blistering letter to the PM, Mrs Braverman claimed Mr Sunak had broken a series of promises on migration, the Rwanda asylum deal, Brexit and gender protections

In her letter to the PM, Mrs Braverman acknowledged she ‘may not have always found the right words’ when commenting on key issues.

But she stressed she had ‘always striven to give a voice to the quiet majority that supported us in 2019’.

‘I have endeavoured to be honest and true to the people who put us in these privileged positions.’

Mrs Braverman publicly shared her letter to Mr Sunak after another grouping of Tory right-wingers also hit out at the PM in the wake of his reshuffle.

The New Conservatives furiously accused Mr Sunak of abandoning ‘Red Wall’ voters who delivered Boris Johnson’s 80-seat majority at the 2019 general election.

The PM’s reshuffle has been viewed by the Tory Right as an attempt by Mr Sunak to shift to the political centre ahead of the next general election. 

And Miriam Cates and Danny Kruger, the co-chairs of the New Conservatives, warned the PM he was ‘walking away’ from those voters who brought the Tories their victory in 2019.

‘It appears the leadership has decided to abandon the voters who switched to us last time, sacrificing the seats we won from Labour in 2019 in the hope of shoring up support elsewhere,’ they said in a statement.

But, despite their anger, the New Conservatives shied away from a direct challenge to Mr Sunak’s leadership.

Tory right-wingers have furiously accused Rishi Sunak of abandoning ‘Red Wall’ voters who delivered Boris Johnson’s 80-seat majority at the 2019 general election

The New Conservatives group claimed the PM’s reshuffle – which included the sacking of Suella Braverman and the return of David Cameron – marked a ‘major change’ in direction

Mr Johnson is pictured with his now wife Carrie in Downing Street while celebrating the Tories’ stunning victory in December 2019

The New Conservatives – a pressure group on the Tory Right – are led by Miriam Cates and Danny Kruger

The intervention by Ms Cates and Mr Kruger followed a meeting of the New Conservatives in Westminster last night, as they considered their response to Mr Sunak’s reshuffle.

The two most notable moves by Mr Sunak were his sacking of Mrs Braverman and his appointment of Lord Cameron, who had spent seven years in the political wilderness after quitting as PM.

But there were also promotions for loyalists of Mr Sunak such as Victoria Atkins – appointed Health Secretary – who comes from the Tories’ ‘One Nation’ wing.

Laura Trott and Richard Holden, who worked for Lord Cameron while he was in No10, were also bumped up the ranks to become Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Conservative Party chairman, respectively.

The blowback from the Tory Right to the reshuffle has been fierce, with one Tory MP — former education minister Dame Andrea Jenkyns – last night submitting a no confidence letter in Mr Sunak’s leadership.

In their own response, Ms Cates and Mr Kruger said: ‘We are concerned that yesterday’s reshuffle indicates a major change in the policy direction of the Government.

‘The Conservative Party now looks like it is deliberately walking away from the coalition of voters who brought us into power with a large majority in 2019.

‘That election, building on the victory of the Leave vote in the Brexit referendum of 2016, represented the realignment of our politics.’

The New Conservatives co-chairs added: ‘Until yesterday, we held onto the hope that the Government still believed in the realignment – that they would work to rebalance our economy, reorient our foreign policy, radically reduce migration, and restore common sense in our schools and universities.

‘That hope – the project of the realignment – has now dwindled. In political terms, it appears the leadership has decided to abandon the voters who switched to us last time, sacrificing the seats we won from Labour in 2019 in the hope of shoring up support elsewhere.’

The New Conservatives vowed to raise funds and recruit supporters to help the group’s members – whether sitting MPs or prospective parliamentary candidates – to fight their campaigns at the next general election.

But they assuaged No10 fears of a full-scale rebellion from the Tory Right by reaffirming their support for Mr Sunak.

‘Like all Conservatives, we want Rishi Sunak to succeed,’ Ms Cates and Mr Kruger said.

Mr Kruger followed up with a direct attack on Lord Cameron’s appointment during an appearance on GB News.

‘He led the Remain campaign and here he’s now in charge of our relations with Europe,’ he told the TV channel.

‘But as long as he follows the PM’s lead, as long as he genuinely honours the mandate that we have as a Government… I’m not concerned about his appointment.

‘Personally, I do think it sends a very confusing signal to our voters. And overall the shape of the Government now is not where we think it should be.’

Mr Kruger also claimed the Government was ‘going back into the politics of decline’ following the reshuffle. 

The New Conservatives are made up of MPs mainly elected after the Brexit vote in 2016.

The group’s website states they ‘stand for the realignment of British politics: a new era in which Westminster respects the views, values and interests of the British people’.

Their policy goals include the establishment of a new British framework for rights and equalities laws to replace European-inspired legislation.

They also want tax cuts, a reduction in immigration, and the banning of ‘gender ideology in schools’.

As well as Ms Cates and Mr Kruger, they are also led by Sir John Hayes – who is a close ally of Mrs Braverman.

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